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're take you around the world in 60 minutes. syria, rebels taken full control of a military base north of the key city aleppo. some rebels named by the u.s. state department terrorists. they designated a terrorist group linked to al qaeda in iraq. the department imposed sanctions. what does it mean to sort out good rebels from bad? nick paton walsh explains. >> reporter: not only look different, black flags, well armed and disciplined, they fight differently, too. using suicide tactics and mass casualty car bombs, radical extremists but undeniably effective. behind a stream of rebel victories, overrunning regime bases across syria, many thinking the end of assad is nearer than ever. why has the united states, who also want assad gone, black listed them as terrorists? >> we've had concerns that al nusra is little more than a front for al qaeda in iraq who has moved some of its operations into syria. >> reporter: that link clear in the document filed monday, al nusra deemed not a new group, another name for al qaeda in iraq. u.s. officials believing insurgents who kill americans in iraq
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
, nigeria, and especially syria. >> translator: yes, may peace be brought for the people of syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> last night as always the pope celebrated christmas eve mass in st. peter's basilica. he reminded christians everywhere to leave room for god in their busy lives. >>> you can't get closer to christmas than church of the nativity in bethlehem. ♪ >> vast crowds turned out for midnight mass near the spot considered jesus' actual birth place. tourism officials estimated 20% jump over the last year in foreign pilgrims in part because of the church's recent designation as a u.n. world heritage site. the obama family celebrated the president's birth place in hawaii and, yes, christmas brings us one day closer to possibly the fiscal cliff, the huge tax increases, spending cuts that could take effect in one week
if those two groups cross paths. thank you. >>> this morning calming words on syria amid fears the crumbling regime could unleash chemical weapons on its own people. days after the u.s. and other countries warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action, defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from the threat. here is what pa net ta said early this morning on a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely and we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> and here's an example of how just murky the divisions are in syria, later today washington will declare one of the group of rebels a foreign terrorist organization. according to federal documents the group is merely another alias or al qaeda in iraq. >>> this morning we know the name of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a raid to rescue a kidnapped american doctor in afghanistan. the s.e.a.
for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. >>> in syria, one rebel group above all of the others is beginning to emerge as the most effective force that's fighting to overthrow the president there, bashar al assad. the group is called al nusra front. yes, we did speak of them yesterday. the analysts are saying these fighters have succeeded where others have failed because of their tactics. suicide attacks, car bombs, and just their real grittiness in their organization. but the united states says this group is a direct offshoot of al qaeda in iraq and that some of its fighters may have killed americans in the iraq war. >> we've had concerns that al nusra is little more than a front for al qaeda in iraq, who has moved some of its operations into syria. >> the u.s. administration's main concern is that al nusra could end up as the dominant rebel group fighting in syria and maybe the dominant leadership if and when president assad is defeated. and apparently as a result, the state department has now decided to designate al nusra as officially a terror organization, and
sickness. >>> syria's government is approaching collapse and is urging assad to stop the fighting and allow a political transfer of power. number two, this all comes as the country denies reports of its military using scud missiles against rebel groups inside its own borders. and also number three, russia a long time ally of president as sad is now saying that the opposition may in fact win this civil war. all of this on the heels of course of the united states move to recognize the opposition movement as the representation of the syrian people. and in the meantime, back on the streets where all of that fighting goes on every single day, this is one heck of a story of courage. a 17-year-old crawling directly in it to the line of sniper fire desperately trying to save the life of an innocent victim. an exclusive report given to cnn. >> reporter: a firt slithers across the street, his body hugging the cold pavement. yards away, a woman lies motionless. sha she's been shot by a sniper. her rescuer is not a relative nor a neighbor. he's never met her. abdallah is just 17. he knew he had to save
between 1979 and his death in 2006. >>> we want to turn to the crisis in syria, where government officials have rejected a decision by the u.s. to recognize the opposition as representative of the syrian people. it comes as u.s. officials say forces loyal to president bashar al assad have fired at least four short range scud missiles into northern syria, likely at rebels. those missiles are adding to fears that syria could be developing chemical weapons. in an exclusive interview with erin burnett, defense secretary leon pa net ta talked about the potential threat. >> i think there's a danger here. based on the intelligence that we got a few weeks ago that they were in fact beginning to assemble these weapons and put them together, and when you do that, that's the dangerous sign that the next step is to use them. and so that's why we issued the warnings we did, made very clear there would be consequences and at least you know, at least at point, the intelligence on this issue is kind of leveled off. but my concern is this, that as the opposition continues to move against the regime, partic
on syria with his egyptian counteren part today. russia is also reaching out to a syrian opposition leader to hold the meeting. >>> the florida man known as the dinosaur smuggler is facing 17 years in prison. eric pricopi pleaded guilty to illegally buying and selling whole or partial dinosaur skeletons and slipping them through u.s. customs. sentencing is scheduled for april. the remains are being returned to mongolia. >>> a new year's resolution for drivers in chicago, use the l, because starting january 1st the city will have the most expensive parking meter rates in north america. how expensive? $6.50 per one hour in the loop. it will be the fifth year in a row that the city's meter rates have gone up. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school got a lot of teachers thinking, what would they do if they found themselves in that same situation and a debate has exploded over whether arming educators is the answer. this is utah, hundreds of people attended a free gun training class especially tailored to teachers and other school employees, some of them already are sold on this idea,
broke from 125 countries that have ratified the treaty, including syria and saudi arabia. senate republicans actually voted to approve the measure, like senator john mccain and kelly ayotte, to name a few. others b others band together saying that if passed it will inhibit people in the united states. ana navaro and maria cardona joins us. in john mccain's words promote rights for disabled people, including our own veterans overseas? >> first of all i don't think it was a stand against people with disabilities. it was a stand against this treaty. it was a stand against a united nations treaty. there were a number of concerns. i read the statements by both john mccain and also some of the other senators that voted against. they're not tea party senators as senator reid is describing them. they are thoughtful people who pay attention, senators like lindsey graham, marco rubio, republicans who give -- who give a great credence to things like sovereignty and don't want to give authority to the united nations. they want the americans with disabilities act to be the golden standard by
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